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SAMPLE ADVERTISEMENTS
HANDBOOK ON LAWYER
ADVERTISING &
SOLICITATION
THE FLORIDA BAR
Standing Committee on Advertising
Tenth Edition
2013
We are proud of our lawyers!
SERVICES AVAILABLE
•
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
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CIVIL LITIGATION
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TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET
The law firm of Smith & Smith, P.A was
established in 1991. Our attorneys have 44 years
of combined experience. At Smith & Smith, P A
• Corporate Law
• Asset Protection
• Bankruptcy
• Foreclosures
• Estate Planning
you will receive personal and prompt attention
from an attorney and not a secretary or paralegal.
John Smith, Attorney at Law
J.D., Florida State University School of Law, 1991
Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1991
rated AV by Martindale Hubbell® from 2000 to present
included in Best Lawyers 2000 to present
Jane Smith, Attorney at Law
Graduated Cum Laude from the University
of Florida Law School, 1991
Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1991
THE LAW FIRM OF SMITH & SMITH, P .A. WANTS
TO HELP PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR
RIGHTS!
SMITH & SMITH, P.A.
Se Habla Espafiol
Call now for a free initial consultation!
"We are a debt relief agency. We help people file
for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. "
123 Any Street
Any Town, Florida 33333
(555) 555-5555 (800) 555-1212
www.yoururlhere.corn
PERSONAL INJURY
LAWYERS
SMITH) JONES & DOE) PLLC
NO RECOVERY NO FEES OR COSTS!
If you are injured in an accident hire a lawyer
who is comfortable in the courtroom. If we
cannot settle your case we are willing to take
it to trial to let a jury decide. Let our team of
lawyers help you seek the compensation you
deserve.
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Automobile/motorcycle/boat
Nursing Horne Neglect
Wrongful Death
offctne Smith, P.A.
123 Any Street
Anytown, Florida 33333
(555) 555-5555 (800) 555-1212
www.yoururlhere.com
THE LAW OFFICE OF
SMITH & JONES, P.A.
Attorneys at Law
John Smith, Esq.
Jane Jones, Esq.
{Date}
Homeowner
Street Address
City, Florida, Zip
Dear Homeowner:
If you have already retained a lawyer for this matter, please disregard this letter. I
obtained your name from the public records of the Clerk of Court. These records indicate that a
foreclosure has been filed against you. My knowledge about the specifics of your case is limited
to the information contained in the public records. You may have legal defenses to avoid
foreclosure.
Federal and state laws provide pre-foreclosure requirements for lenders and protections
for homeowners. A failure by the lender to comply with these requirements could result in a
defective foreclosure. It may be possible for the homeowner to remain in their home during the
foreclosure process. The lawyers of Smith & Jones have over 30 years of combined experienced
in real estate and foreclosure cases. John Smith graduated from Florida State University School
of Law in 1991 and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1991. Jane Jones graduated from the
University of Florida Law School in 1993 and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1993. We
know what steps the bank must take to foreclose on your home and want to help you.
Don't delay. Call our office to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.
Very truly yours,
John Smith, Esq.
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123 Any Street • Any Town, Florida 33355
(850) 555-5555 • (850) 555-1212 Fax
www. leonlyonslaw.com
THE LAW OFFICE OF
SMITH &JONES- PA.
Attorneys at Law
123 Any Street
Any Town, FL 33333
Homeowner
Street Address
City, Florida, Zip
ADVERTISEMENT
SMITH LAW FIRM
555 Main Street, Any To"rn, Florida 33334
850-555- 1111 •!• www.srnithwebsite.com
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new fhm
conveniently located near the courthouse downtown. J olm
Smith focuses his practice on family law cases. Jane Smith is a
former Public Defender and will handle all criminal cases. Call
for a free consultation!
•!• Family Law
•!• Child Support
+
Alimony
•!• Modification
•!• Criminal Defense
•!• DUI
•!• Traffic Tickets
+ Misdemeanors
Sample Non-Targeted Direct Mail Post Card
SMITH LAW FIRM
Let us help you with your legal
issues. Our office is conveniently
located downtown. We offer free
consultations and payment plans.
Call us today!
850-555-1111
Sample Non-Targeted Direct Mail Post Card -Address Panel
WILLS, TRUSTS
& ESTATES
You are cordially invited to attend a FREE
Estate Planning Seminar
Brought to you by the Law Firm ofSmith & Jones, P.A.
Topics Included:
•:• Durable Powers ofAttorney
•!• Revocable Trusts
•:• Preneed Guardians
•!• How you may be able to avoid estate income taxes.
•:• How you may be able to avoid probate.
And much morel
John Smith is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates by The Florida Bar.
He has been practicing in the area of elder law and estate planning since 1991.
Jane Jones is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates by The Florida Bar.
She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized in the 2013 Super
Lawyers magazine.
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RSVP TODAY! SPACE IS LIMITED!
Call 850-555-1111 or by mail.
Name:
Address:
Phone:
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Email: --------------------
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The Law Off1ce of Sm1th & Jones
555 Ma1n Street
Anytown1 Flor1da 33334
ESTATE
PLANNING
SEMINAR
INVIATION
CALL TODAY
TO RESERVE A
SPOT!
850-555- 1111
ADVERTISEMENT
THE LAW OFFICE OF
LET THE LAWYERS
SMITH & JONES, P.A.
OF
123 Anystreet, Suite 100
Anytown, Florida 33355
SMITH & JONES, P.A.
(850) 555-5555
www.leonlyonslaw.com
DEFEND YOUR
RIGHTS!
Areas of Practice
Criminal Defense
Traffic Tickets
DUI
Speeding
Se Habla Espanol
Reckless Driving
Driving With Suspended Li cense
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Personal Injury
Advertisement
SMITH & JONES, P.A.
122 Any Street, Suite 100
*WE GUARANTEE YOUR
MONEY BACK IF YOU GET
(850) 555-5555
The attorneys at Smith & Jones were admitted
to The Florida Bar in 1991 and have over 35
years combined experience. John Smith
graduated from the University of Miami Law
School in 1991 and was a former Public
Defender. Jane Jones graduated from Florida
State University School of Law in 1991. We
have handled thousands of criminal and civil
traffic cases. Our goal is to make sure that
your rights are protected. Call us for a free
consultation and let us defend you!
./ DRIVING SCHOOL!
(850) 555-1234 FAX
./ OR HAVE TO APPEAR IN
COURT!
www.website.com
Red Light
Careless U-Turn
Insurance
EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS
./ POINTS!
Anytown, Florida 33355
If you have already retained a lawyer for this
matter, please disregard this letter. Our
review of the Clerk of Court records reveals
that you recently received a traffic ticket. Our
knowledge about your case is limited to the
information in this public record.
••
•
DVERTISEMENT
THE LAW OFFICE OF
*Money back guarantee is limited to noncriminal non-accident traffic tickets only.
Court costs and fines, if any, are
additional. In most cases, no court
appearance is required. Let us go to court
for you to defend this ticket!
Paying a traffic ticket is admitting guilt. Your
insurance rates may be increased, your
license may be suspended and points may be
assess sed.
Call us now for a free consultation.
FEES STARTING AT $49.00 + costs
Attorney's fees for civil infraction tickets
only.
W E HANDLE ALL
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Speeding
DUI
Reckless Driving
Stop Sign Violation
Tag Violations
Suspended License
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YOU MAY BE ABLE
TO SAVE YOUR
HOME FROM
FORECLOSURE
Call
Smith & Jones, P.A.
today!
123 ANYSTREET
SUITElOO
850-555-1111
ANYTOWN,FL
33355
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Smith &Jones,P.A.
If you have already retained a lawyer for
this matter, please disregard this letter.
Protect Your Home From Foreclosure
Don't wait to call an attorney. Call NOW to schedule a
free consultation.
FORECLOSURE DEFENSE
Foreclosure can be frightening and
(850) 555-5555
frustrating. You need an attorney to
protect your rights in the foreclosure
process. We have over 30 years of
combined legal experience in the areas of
real estate, foreclosure and bankruptcy.
Don' t go through this process without a
lawyer on your side. Let the lawyers of
Public court records indicate that a foreclosure has been filed against you .
Our knowledge of your case is limited to the information in the public
record . You may be able to save your home!
Smith & Jones, P.A. work for you.
John Smith, Attorney at Law
FSU Law School, 1991
Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1991
rated AV by Martindale Hubbell®
from 2000 to present
Jane Jones, Attorney at Law
Stetson Law School, 1991
Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1991
The Federal Trade Commission adopted a rule on
Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS).
The rule bans providers of mortgage foreclosure
rescue and loan modification services from
collecting fees until homeowners accept a written
offer from their lender or servicer. There is an
exception for lawyers who meet specific
requirements and who place their fees into a trust
accoilllt. All fee deposits will be placed into a
trust accoilllt and not withdrawn until earned.
DO NOT DELAY! In Florida, you have only 20 days to answer a
foreclosure complaint. If you do not answer the complaint in time, you may
lose your right to assert the defenses which may give you more time in
your home.
You may be able to negotiate a resolution of your case before a ~11111111111111..,....._ _ __
Foreclosure is entered. Call us so we can discuss the following:
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Strategies for working with your lender.
Alternatives to foreclosures.
The foreclosure process
Legal defenses that may be available to you.
Smith & Jones) PA .
It is our goal to provide you with the best possible foreclosure defense. Let us fight for your rights !
ADVERTISEMENT
Call today 850-555-5555! Se Habla Espanol
ADVERTISEMENT
~ lAWYERS IN BANKRUPTCY 1
~ W E'RE ON THE M OVE 2
Advocate
A BULLETIN ON PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE IN NEED
Lawyers in Bankruptcy
The economic downturn has yielded farreaching effects, and many lawyers have not
been able to escape its grasp. The Ethics
Hotline has received many calls recently
from lawyers who are faced with bankruptcy
but fear that it would negatively affect their
ability to continue practicing law.
Fortunately, The Florida Bar ordinarily does
not investigate a lawyer involved personally
in a bankruptcy if the lawyer has not
violated any other rules of ethical conduct.
Rule 5-1 .2(e)(3) is the only provision in the
Rules Regulating the Florida Bar that
directly addresses bankruptcy. It states only
that an attorney's bankruptcy filing would
give cause for The Florida Bar to order an
audit of the lawyer's trust account. Lawyers
are not required to inform the Bar of their
bankruptcy filing nor is the Bar required to
actually audit the lawyer's trust account. The
rule merely gives the Bar grounds to do so.
In practice, The Florida Bar usually will not
use this provision to audit a trust account
unless there are other grounds to do so.
Under normal circumstances, a lawyer's
filing of bankruptcy should not affect his or
her clients' funds. The prohibition against
the commingling oflawyer and client funds
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is designed to protect clients' money from
just these types of situations. The rule
ensures that should a lawyer 's business
and personal creditors go after a lawyer's
assets, as they might during bankruptcy
proceedings, the clients' funds would be
safely held in separate trust or escrow
accounts.
Of course, the Bar (and possibly law
enforcement authorities) will take action
against a lawyer if he or she engages in
dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or
misrepresentati on through the bankruptcy
proceedings. The lawyer is also reminded
that his or her duties to clients, including
the duty of confidentiality, remain intact
throughout the bankruptcy proceedings.
In short, bankruptcy is a largely personal
matter that The Florida Bar will most
likely not get involved in unless the lawyer
has violated other Rules of Professional
Conduct. Hopefull y, that thought will
provide at least some comfort to lawyers
who are facing a difficult prospect.
Question of the Month
Do I have to file my advertisement for review before I can use it?
Yes all advertisements must be filed for review at least 20 days before the
adv~rtisements are used. Rule 4-7.19(a). The only exemption is if your
advertisement falls within one of the filing exemptions found in Rule 4-7.20.
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WE ARE ON THE MOVE!
New Location
5432 Any Street West
Townsville, Florida 54321
After six wonderful years
at our current location on
Any Street, Smith &Jones
will be opening a second
office on Main Street right
across from the county
courthouse in the Doe
Memorial Building to
better serve our clients.
SMITH &
JONES NEWS
Clients will now be able
to access us at both
locations from 9:00-5:00
Monday through Friday.
Of course, we are still
always available 24 hours
a day, every day by
telephone.
Please join us for a reception on May 31 at 5:30 P.M .
as we celebrate the opening of our new location.
We vvelcome our newest
partner, Mary Johnson. Mary
has been representing clients
in personal injury cases for 18
years. She rs Board Certrfied
by The Florrda Bar in Crvil
Trial. Mary is the President of
the Townsville Bar
Association and is AV
Preeminent® rated by
Martindale Hubbell, the
highest ratrng bestowed by
that organization .
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5432 Any Street West
Townsville, FL 54321
Mrs. Prospective Client
555 Any Street
Any Town, Florida 33333
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